When Jesus was twelve, he became a younger brother to his sister, Mary.
Section 1: Jesus was born in a town called Nazareth and lived there all of his life.
Section 2: When he was twelve he went with his parents on a visit to Jerusalem. While they were there, Mary and Joseph lost him for three days! A man named Simeon met them in the temple and told them that their son would save many people from sin by dying on a cross. This troubled Mary greatly, but she had not understood what Simeon meant by “dying.” She thought perhaps it meant that her son would die when he grew up and got married (which is what happened to most men).
Figure 1: A map of Palestine during the time Jesus lived there
What Did Jesus Do When He Was 12
1. Jesus learned to read
Jesus was a good student who learned how to read Hebrew, the Old Testament, and the New Testament when he was 12 years old.
Jesus learned how to read Hebrew in order to understand the Old Testament better. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew by Moses, David, and many other prophets of Israel.
The New Testament was written in Greek by Matthew and Mark among others. The Gospels are part of this New Testament and they tell us about Jesus’ life on earth before he died on the cross for our sins so we could be forgiven from them (Romans 3:23-24).
2. Jesus found his father’s workshop
Jesus found his father’s workshop and learned to read. He was a bright boy, with an aptitude for learning. His mother taught him the alphabet and he soon began reading the books that lay around the house.
When Jesus was twelve years old, he went to the Temple in Jerusalem with his parents. The Jews had four feast days each year: Passover, Pentecost (Shavuot), Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), and Tabernacles (Sukkot). These were great festivals when everyone from miles around came together. During these times there were so many visitors coming into Jerusalem that it became overcrowded and dangerous for little boys like Jesus because robbers came looking for people who were drunk or lost their money playing gambling games!
This made Joseph very upset because he did not want anything bad happening to his son whilst they were away from home, but Mary said not to worry about it because God would protect them both if anything happened during their visit together as family members.*
3. Jesus learned and taught at the Temple
Jesus was a teacher. In the Temple, he taught the law and the prophets. He taught from the scriptures, as well as from his own words. He taught others about God’s love for them through his example and by teaching them how to live in obedience to God’s commands. Jesus also taught others about God’s plan of salvation—how people could be reconciled with him—by offering himself as a sacrifice for everyone who accepts this gift of grace (see Luke 2:49; Acts 10:34).
Jesus called twelve men to follow him and learn more about being disciples (students) of Jesus Christ (see Mark 3:14–15). This group came to be known as “the apostles” because they were sent out after Jesus was resurrected into heaven (see Matthew 10:1–8). The apostles continued spreading knowledge about God’s plan through their preaching and writing letters such as 1 Corinthians or Hebrews
4. These are the activities Jesus did when he was 12.
These are the activities Jesus did when he was 12.
- He was epileptic, which means that he had seizures. Everyone with epilepsy is different and some people have more than one type of seizure. The seizures may happen once or many times a day, and they can last as long as 30 seconds to 3 minutes each time. Seizures usually stop by themselves within 2 minutes without treatment unless they cause serious harm or death (called status epilepticus). The types of seizures that cause status epilepticus include tonic-clonic (also known as grand mal), absence (petit mal), and myoclonic and atonic seizures.
- He learned to read and write. The words “Jesus” in Greek spell out IHSOUS which means savior from sin. Scriptures say that he grew up filled with wisdom and grace beyond his years
Jesus was a boy when He was 12 years old. He went to the temple with His parents, had a talk with them, and then left them. Mary and Joseph were worried about Jesus because they thought that he might be lost or hurt.
When they found him in the marketplace of Jerusalem (the capital city of Israel), they asked him why he had left them behind so soon after arriving at home from their trip to Egypt . Jesus answered by saying that it was not good for his brothers to go with them because they needed someone to watch over them while their parents were away.